A year ago, I played around six hours of the brilliant puzzle game The Witness. Then I stopped. Last weekend, I decided to go back and play some more. It’s been a rude awakening.
I’ve done some weird things whilst playing The Witness.
Sony’s announcement of HDR support for the original PS4 yesterday even surprised some developers. The team behind The Witness didn’t know it was coming, as they explain in a post about PS4 Pro upgrades coming to the game.
The Witness is coming to Xbox One, Jonathan Blow revealed to IGN earlier today. Blow and his team aim for a September 13th release date. An iOS version is also in development.
Someone made an NES version of The Witness, and it looks wonderful. Check it out right here. (You’ll need an emulator to play.)
I spent three hours staring at this puzzle, wondering if I was losing my mind.
Did you dig The Witness? Did you especially love the game’s setting, how the island looked like it was made from fairy floss and dreams? Then this showcase of the game’s art might be for you.
“This piece of the game is supposed to be difficult,” the game designer Jonathan Blow recently said to me as we discussed the hardest puzzle in The Witness, the so-called bonus “Challenge” that only 3.3% of PS4 players and 4% of PC players have managed to complete. He was helping me make peace that I might not be able…
The Witness is not like other games, so it stands to reason that a Witness speedrun would not be like other speedruns.
Do you see this? This is what madness looks like. Thank you, The Witness, for driving me truly insane.
The Witness is a very good puzzle game. So good that folks just can’t get its puzzles out of their head. At the airport, at a nice restaurant, everywhere.
The Witness has been illegally downloaded by thousands of people since it was released last month, but did you know pirates have their own forums? Comments sections? Technical support questions? Yeah, I was surprised, too.
The Witness was in development for a long time. You might think that part of the reason things took so long was that some of the game’s core design ideas mutated along the way. But a video I shot in 2010 shows that Jonathan Blow’s focus was firmly locked into place even then.
I’d rather not spoil anything. I’d rather you figure out everything in The Witness yourself. But if you need some general advice, here goes.
A small number of puzzles in The Witness will be difficult or impossible for some color-blind and hearing-impaired players to solve, though those puzzles are optional and the game can be completed without them.
While playing The Witness for this review, I wrote an email to its lead creator, Jonathan Blow. It was a moment of weakness.
Jonathan Blow’s next puzzle game, The Witness, arrives January 26, and he’s announced it’ll cost you $40 on PS4 and PC. While a game’s pricing is not usually noteworthy—and Blow has been raising expectations on The Witness for a while now—I suspect this may come as a surprise for some people. Heads up!